**Bhubaneswar:** Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday unveiled KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) Scholarship (KALIA Chhatra Brutti) from the State Secretariat.
The scholarship intends to support children of KALIA scheme beneficiaries who are aspiring to enroll into technical and professional courses for higher study.
KALIA Scholarship would ensure human resource development among the farming families across the State.
KALIA Scholarship or “KALIA Chhatra Brutti” will ensure that not a single eligible child of KALIA beneficiaries aspiring for technical and professional education, would be deprived of his/her dream. Through KALIA Scholarship the State Government will bear all expenditure including course fees, hostel fees and mess fees, so that the children from the farming families would be able to take the economic conditions of their families to higher level after getting proper technical and professional education.
The Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment in a letter to Higher Education, Health and Family Welfare, Skill Development and Technical Education and Vice-Chancellor Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, has urged all heads of different Government institutions imparting professional/technical education under their respective departments to immediately intimate their students who are children of KALIA Scheme beneficiaries to apply for the KALIA Scholarship.
The students can apply online on the “kalia.co.in/scholarship” portal and can apply from February 19 onward.
Eligible children of KALIA Scheme beneficiaries can avail assistance to study in more than 13 professional/technical subjects like MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, B.Pharma, BSC Nursing, BVS and AH, BE, BArch and B Plan, BSC Agriculture, BSC Horticulture, BSC Forestry, BSC Fisheries, BSC Community Science through more than 30 Government institutions, provided they fulfil the criteria for admission into these courses.
Secondly, for more than 11 technical education and Diploma courses in all ITIs, Polytechnics, Agro Polytechnics, D.Pharma, DMLT, BMRT, PBSC, GNM, ANM, Psychiatry Nursing, Ophthalmic Assistant/Surgical OPTH Assistant across the State in more than 150 institutions, financial assistance will be provided to the eligible children of KALIA Scheme beneficiaries.
In case of KALIA Scholarship the funds would be directly sent to the bank accounts of the eligible students through direct benefit transfer (DBT). The funds provided under KALIA Scholarship will cover tuition fees, annual college fees, onetime college fees and hostel establishment charges (as per institutions concerned) and messing fees as per the provisions of SC/ST Welfare Department.
The KALIA portal on KALIA Scholarship will require applicant’s information through documents like proof of permanent address, Aadhar number of applicant, parents’ information, and Aadhar number of father/mother/guardian, bank details, academic details and undertakings.
Once children of KALIA beneficiary apply for the KALIA Scholarship, Head of the educational institution would verify the genuineness of the applicant.
The Chief Minister had announced this “KALIA Chhatra Brutti” for professional and technical education for wards of KALIA beneficiaries at a massive gathering of KALIA farmers in Keonjhar on February 3.